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John M wrote a review Apr 2019
Lyon, France1,571 contributions330 helpful votes
We arrived on a very busy day and the town square (the Diamond) was thronged with people. At first the impressive monument looked like yet another war memorial (so common in these parts) but it turned out to be a Celtic cross, believed to originate from tenth century and composed of 2 separate crosses, consisting of the head of one cross and the shaft of a second one, from the remains of a monastery founded there by St Tiernach in the sixth century. The effects of erosion and inclement weather over the centuries have effaced some of the detail but biblical scenes are still visible on the shaft that link this cross to other high crosses in the Ulster region. Beaded decorations are located on the sides and also around the distinctive collar at the top of the shaft. The cross stands in front of St Tiernach’s Church of Ireland (still very much in use), and is surrounded but a sturdy spiked iron railing to deter any potential vandals, but such things are unlikely in this respectful community. The Shrine of St Tiernach and a very tall well-preserved round tower are located in a graveyard just 100 metres from the Diamond.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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cyndyjones47 wrote a review Sep 2018
Sanbornville, New Hampshire238 contributions72 helpful votes
Clones is located near the border of Northern Ireland. It is a lovely town and easy for a self walking tour. We arrived on a Sunday and it was quiet. The Celtic cross on the diamond is believed to originate from 2 separate crosses. The Round Tower is located in the St Tighearnach Cemetery. There is also church shaped shrine/tomb for St. Tighearnach. The Wee Chapel remains is lovely and believed associated with St. Tighearnach. There is also the Cassandra Hand Famine Center where women were taught to crochet fine lace during the famine. We really enjoyed our walk through the town.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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creightongla wrote a review Aug 2018
4 contributions1 helpful vote
It is a town with many historic buildings and graveyards, also they have just discovered Clones Castle and are in the process of excavation. Add this to The Round Tower site,The Abbey site and also the historic town walk makes it a must visit town.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Tigheone wrote a review Nov 2017
Newry, United Kingdom57 contributions16 helpful votes
Situated on The Diamond, a Celtic Cross that has been on site for many years . Well worth stopping to inspect.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Hugh Patrick T wrote a review Aug 2017
4 contributions1 helpful vote
The cross is a beautiful 10th century stone structure. It shows Norse and English cultural influence from its times. It is a little worn but you can still make out the biblical scenes.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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